Who would have thought I would be writing my last email of the term following three months of lockdown? Who would have thought at the start of 2020 that this would be the year that SQA exams were cancelled? Who would have thought that this would be the year that we would need to pull together even more as a school to support the most vulnerable in our community?
2020 has not turned out to the year that we might have thought it would be. However, amidst all of the disruption to learning there are many aspects of our practice as a school that have made me very proud as Headteacher: the way in which our pupils have engaged with their learning in the past three months of working at home; the way in which our staff have looked after the wellbeing of our pupils despite the restrictions in place; the unstinting support of our parents and carers. We have become a stronger community as a result of the adversity that we have come through.
We cannot overlook the fact that many of our families have lost loved ones and my heartfelt condolences go to those who are grieving. Compared to their loss, what we are facing in terms of disruption is little indeed. We must not forget that the virus has not gone away and our plans for the reopening of the school will focus on what we can do safely.
I would like to thank all of our families for their encouragement throughout the period – this has been very much appreciated. The reopening of Dalkeith High School in August will be a special day, one in which we may be returning to the building but never having lost our commitment to our pupils and their families throughout the time that we have been away. Further information regarding the reopening of the school will follow in due course.
I hope that everyone enjoys a happy and safe summer break.